Wednesday, November 14, 2007
Just another "American Gangster" flick.
If it weren't for the Oscar hype, there'd be no hype at all, cause the fact is, you've seen all of this before. And for that matter, you've seen it done with a lot more style. But you'd have to go back a ways, say Coppola's "The Godfather" or Lumet's "Serpico". I went to see what all the fuss was about yesterday and frankly I don't get it. I don't get it the same way I don't get Scorsese grabbing an Oscar for "Departed". Sorry to all the Denzel faithful (though he's fine in a really mediocre way), but the fact is this film is a bore. That is, if you've ever actually seen a gangster flick before. As we're all waiting for awards season to arrive in full force, there's probably little doubt that "American Gangster" will get some sort of nod, but isn't this exactly what's gone wrong with all of the major awards shows in the first place... just like the rest of Hollywood, everything's a retread. There are lots of other original films that deserve the kind of attention (and box-office) that Ridley Scott and crew are being lavished with. Wanna see a great orginal gangster outing... check out Ben Kingsley in "You Kill Me". Limited released into near obscurity, go grab the DVD and learn what it's like to want to root for an Oscar nomination.